Study says merit pay for teachers doesn't work
A new study out of Vanderbilt University says that offering merit pay to teachers doesn't improve student performance. The debate over pay for performance is a hot topic these days as the state and local school systems grapple with how to evaluate teachers and whether excellence in the classroom should be given monetary rewards.
The National Education Association put out a press release touting the results today and saying that this proves that finding answers to student achievement is more complicated than paying teachers more for increased test scores.
In the study by the National Center on Performance Incentives, teachers were given $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000 bonuses based on whether they could get their student test scores up a certain percentage over a specific period of time. The outcome showed the extra pay did not improve achievement.